September 20, 2012
Turkey's Precarious Position
Morton Abramowitz, The National Interest
It once reveled in its economic success and foreign-policy ambitions, but today Turkey has fallen on tough times.
Turkey’s problems are not a replica of Europe’s economic afflictions but rather come from the disarray in its highly touted Middle East policies and the inability to resolve its century-old Kurdish issue. Managing these difficulties is complicated by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition to change Turkey’s political system to one dominated by a more powerful president, a position he hopes to assume after an election in 2014. He is still the kingpin of Turkish politics, but his problems are growing and so is criticism of him.
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